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How to Include Your Pet In Your Wedding Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trailer I saw of “Marley and Me” had me laughing from the start. Pets do bring warmth and joy and humor … as well as challenges … that can make life better. And many Seattle brides and grooms are inviting their dogs or miniature horse (meet “Rocky” or parrot or other much loved “companion” to be a part of their wedding ceremonies.

 

 

Flowerpups and ringbearing dogs bring the characteristics of their personalities to the ceremony. Some are playful and lively, some are dainty and precious, some have elan and chic. My husband, Kent, officiated at a wedding where a miniature fur friend wore a spritely pink tutu. She enjoyed it immensely and was so delighted to be with her family. Absolutely adorable!

 

 

 

At one of my ceremonies, the couple was active in the rescue of greyhounds. Two of their friends escorted their dogs to their beds of honor on either side of the bride and groom. It was quite an elegant entrance and the greyhounds brought a stately presence to the processional and the ceremony itself.

 

 

Here are some thoughts to consider when deciding whether your pet would be a welcome addition to your wedding ceremony.

 

 

Does your pet enjoy being around people, possibly a lot of people? Each animal has a personality and a tolerance for next places and people. We shared our home for many years with Mara, a Siamese/Tabby mix who was extremely people oriented. She would greet me at the driveway when I returned from errands and would follow me around in the house and accompany me when I tended our garden. At times, she even enjoyed taking a walk around the block. And she was alreadys ready to be petted and cuddled and loved to play. Our other cat, Callie, was quite the opposite: staying out of view until all was quiet and she could make her way directly to our laps for much desired attention. She needed privacy and serenity to show herself.

 

 

Is there someone you trust to take care of your pet’s needs during the ceremony? Someone your pet knows and enjoys being with? And afterwards who can bring them home or to where they will be residing while you are on your honeymoon? You will have so much happening on your wedding day. It is important that your pet have a dedicated person or two to reassure and notice what is needed. Water, walk, a quieter place to relax and to be fed. A happy pet makes a much happier wedding day.

 

 

What provides comfort for your pet? Perhaps it is favorite bedding or a toy or a certain treat? Does he or she have a certain schedule? When is nap time? Keeping to the normal pattern of life as closely as possible and providing familiar items assure your buddy that all is well.

 

 

Is your pet ready to be in the limelight? Is she or he well trained? Does the breed have the temperament to repose near you? To be trusted around lace and delicate materials? To be in your presence and still respond to a handler during the ceremony? You know your pet. What are her capabilities. Be honest and kind. Ask of your pet only what is possible and probable. A few surprises are endearing; expecting the impossible is stressful.

 

 

Is the outfit you have selected comfortable for your pet? Some garb is exquisite and some of our companions love to show their stuff. Perhaps a trial run will indicate if the attire fits well and will be tolerated for an hour or so.

 

 

If your fur baby isn’t ready for the wedding itself, it is always possible to include them in the engagement photographs, as well as the getting ready and post-ceremony pics. Your treasured companion can be included in your wedding photographs in a way that is fun for everyone!

 

 

And sometimes there is a serendipity about our interactions with our animal compatriots. This couple has known this cat forever although it is not theirs. At one time, they lived near the beach and would pet the cat on their visits. They called it Aslan (from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe). Aslan coming to see them was like its blessing on their union.

 

 

How can we leave this topic without mentioning two quite famous creatures: Basil and Borage of The Willows Lodge and The Herb Farm. Adored by all who see them, these two have witnessed more ceremonies than most people I know. I always stop by to visit with them after my ceremonies. Not certain if any of the vows bring tears to their eyes but I like to think they are touched in some way by the sentiments!

 

 

Yes, our pets do bring an element of “humanity” to our ceremonies … and we thank them for that. Make plans to include your companions in ways that suit them best.

 

Help withe problem and advice for a perfect Ceremony!

Posted by Violetreese on March 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

If you are already in the throws of wedding planning, it probably does not surprise you that wedding ceremonies can have a lot of problems that you need to deal with. Fortunately, Weddings on the Gulf Coast and TheKnot.com has all of the wedding expertise to answer even your toughest wedding ceremony questions. We will fill you in on alternatives to unity candles, how to decorate for a church wedding, and whether or not you should get a gift for your ceremony officiant. We also have advice for child attendants, how a wedding recessional works, and the best way to plan a nondenominational wedding. We have answers to questions like, "How can we honor a deceased loved one at our wedding ceremony?" and "Who should walk me down the aisle?" Another popular wedding ceremony question we answer is, "How should an uneven wedding party walk down the aisle?" Plus, get tips on the receiving line, such as whether or not to include stepparents and whether or not a receiving line is really necessary. We will even let you know fun ways to include your pets in your wedding ceremony. Have a question you don't see answered? Submit it to us and you just might see the answer show up on our site!

What is a Marriage?

Posted by Violetreese on March 3, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Marriage Is A Thousand Little Things~ It's Giving Up Your Right To Be Right In The Heat Of An Argument. It's Forgiving Another When They Let You Down. It's Loving Someone Enough To Step Down So They Can Shine. It's Friendship. It's Being A Cheerleader & Trusted Confidant. It's A Place Of Forgiveness That Welcomes One Home, & Arms They Can Run To In The Midst Of A Storm. It's Grace. It's Giving Of Yourself Tirelessly Down Paths You'd Never Imagine To Travel. Through Sickness & Pain, Poverty & Loss, It's Carrying The Weight Of Another. It's Being The Smile They See In The Morning, & The Body They Hold Close At Night. It's Pure Love. It's Standing Together In The Face Of Adversity. It's Riding Alongside Each Other In A Battle That Threatens To Tear Down Your Marriage & Seeks To Grab Hold Of Your Faith. It's Strength Under Pressure. It's Endless Compassion. It's Love. ~Darlene Schact~

 

 

Do you need a Wedding planner?

Posted by Violetreese on February 27, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Do I need a wedding planner

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So maybe you didn't think you needed (or can afford) a wedding planner when you first started in on the wedding planning process. But, take it from us, wedding coordinators are well worth the money. Beyond all the details, dates, and unexpected family drama that need to be handled, wedding planners are there to keep you feeling as stress-free as possible on the day of. But it's not just the day of the wedding that wedding planners are good for -- they're there to answer virtually any question that comes up (from whether to let your aunt bake the cake to finding a good seat assignment for your embarrassing cousin). Good wedding coordinators will also help you get a deal when booking the rest of your wedding vendors. We're talking discounts on everything from the rentals and food costs to your wedding dress, making it more than worth it. Even if you're not interested in hiring a professional wedding planner for the entire wedding planning process, most brides will recommend hiring day-of wedding coordinators to help execute the day. This person will manage any last-minute emergencies that come up on your wedding day (from corralling your family for photos after the ceremony to making sure your guests know where to go after the cocktail hour), giving you the freedom to relax and really enjoy yourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips you must know when having a beach wedding

Posted by Violetreese on February 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This a must read for all brides planning a Beach Wedding!

We as professional planners will be able to help with all the little thing you never thought of.

Your Beach Wedding Ceremony

There are details you do not want to forget.....

A Beach wedding ceremony without a flaw, is not a fantasy. With proper planning, you can have a perfect wedding by the water.

Planning a wedding on the beach can entail details you would never consider at a conventional wedding ceremony site. There is a lot more to take into consideration.

A beach-side wedding ceremony, a waterside ceremony or a poolside ceremony, whichever you choose, here is my list of important considerations:

• BACK-UP - Please do not plan the most memorable day of your life without considering PLAN B! Believe me when I tell you that this is one concern you do not want to have on the day of your beach wedding.

 

• CEREMONY LOCATION - Take a close look at your guest list and consider how far people will have to walk to your beach ceremony. Have you considered how your guests will find your ceremony?

Getting your guests to and from your ceremony on the beach• RESTROOM FACILITIES and ELECTRICAL POWER NEEDS - What if someone has to use the restroom while waiting for the ceremony to begin? What do you mean you need to plug into an electrical outlet for your amplifier for my beach wedding music? These are questions you will need to be able to answer

•DIRECTIONS - I have seen many a bride forget to include clear directions and parking instruction to the wedding ceremony when it is on the beach. This is very important especially if you are planning a beach wedding that is at a public beach location and not at a resort. A good place to do this can be on your website, if you have one, or in your beach wedding invitation

•MUSIC on the beach - Remember the elements! Music for a outside ceremony near the water or on a beach can be a challenge- here are some ideas Rent a portable amplifier, Mic & record your music., Hire a professional singer who has there own equipment or the best advice i can give is hire wedding planner!

Choosing music for your waterside wedding is your choice Recorded or a live wedding singer, be sure they supply the equipment.

• CHOICES FOR YOUR OFFICIANT - The choice is important for seaside or waterside wedding ceremony. Some choices are better than others.

Choosing an officiant for your waterside wedding is very important.

What do they Include in there fee? How many ceremonys have they officiated?

Will they be at your rehearsal? what is the fee for that? Will they do a tradistional ceremony or will they write a unique & personal ceremony just for you!

A Non denominational officiant will be able to perform most type of ceremonys reguardless of faith etc.

•MAKING IT LEGAL Remember to get your wedding license!

Give it to the offciant befor the ceremony if possiable.

• BEACH WEDDING FLOWERS - What works best for a beach wedding ceremony? I have seen all kinds, and there are definitely some better decisions to be made that can save you money

Flowers with staying power for the beach If you choos to have live flowers be sure to keep them in a cooler, The warm weather will wilt them faster then you think. My advice to prevent a flower disaster...........Silk flowers, the are very popular for beach wedding and never a fear of them wilting in the heat. And you will have them forever as your very own keepsake.

Ask me about your flowers

•TIMING OF YOUR SEASIDE WEDDING CEREMONY - The time of year and the time of day that you say your vows in this location, will make all the difference in the world.

Find the time of sunset at your beach wedding location

•DEALING WITH THE NATURAL ELEMENTS AT A BEACH WEDDING - Mother nature does her own thing. Be prepared, there is always a breeze near the water. Certain times of the year it is more prevalent depending on the location of your waterside wedding. But it is better to assume there will be some wind. Check out the long range forecast at the Farmers Almanac

•WIND

• - Consider your ceremony flowers and set up, a trellis, Chuppa or urns of flowers will need to be anchored down securely. Another important consideration at a beach wedding ceremony is your veil. Depending on where the wind is coming from, it could be blowing in your face all through the ceremony. there is nothing worse than to see a bride tangling with her veil all through the ceremony and the photographer trying desperately to catch a picture of her face.

Think about your hair! Programs to be put on the chairs for your beach wedding ceremony - remember,the sand could be blowing. If possible depending on where your ceremony is, check out the same time of year and day where the ceremony will be. If it is a destination beach wedding, talk to a wedding coordinator in the area or perhaps a florist who has set up a ceremony in the same area. Ask them what to expect. Play it safe and plan ahead! One important thing to find out about if you are getting married in Florida, is if it is a El Nino year or not!

Noaa Weather Center - a good place to research weather

•WEDDING REHEARSAL .

Do a Wedding Rehearsal PLEASE -I cannot stress enough the importance of doing a run-through for your beach wedding ceremony. No matter how many weddings your attendants have been in, no two weddings are alike and you want to make sure everyone knows what they are suppose to do on "your" big day

 

 

 

 

This a must read for all brides planning a Beach Wedding!

We as professional planners will be able to help with all the little thing you never thought of.

Your Beach Wedding Ceremony

 

There are details you do not want to forget.....

 

A Beach wedding ceremony without a flaw, is not a fantasy. With proper planning, you can have a perfect wedding by the water.

 

Planning a wedding on the beach can entail details you would never consider at a conventional wedding ceremony site. There is a lot more to take into consideration.

 

A beach-side wedding ceremony, a waterside ceremony or a poolside ceremony, whichever you choose, here is my list of important considerations:

 

• BACK-UP - Please do not plan the most memorable day of your life without considering PLAN B! Believe me when I tell you that this is one concern you do not want to have on the day of your beach wedding.

Rain ,Thunderstorms are always possiable, A plan B back up plan is most important.Try to pick a location close to a pavillion or covered area, See if your rental company will set up a tent on short notice. PLAN B is a MUS

• CEREMONY LOCATION - Take a close look at your guest list and consider how far people will have to walk to your beach ceremony. Have you considered how your guests will find your ceremony?

 

Getting your guests to and from your ceremony on the beach• RESTROOM FACILITIES and ELECTRICAL POWER NEEDS - What if someone has to use the restroom while waiting for the ceremony to begin? What do you mean you need to plug into an electrical outlet for your amplifier for my beach wedding music? These are questions you will need to be able to answer

 

•DIRECTIONS - I have seen many a bride forget to include clear directions and parking instruction to the wedding ceremony when it is on the beach. This is very important especially if you are planning a beach wedding that is at a public beach location and not at a resort. A good place to do this can be on your website, if you have one, or in your beach wedding invitatio

 

•MUSIC on the beach - Remember the elements! Music for a outside ceremony near the water or on a beach can be a challenge- here are some ideas that work in perfect harmony!

Choosing appropriate music for your waterside wedding

• CHOICES FOR YOUR OFFICIANT - The choice is important for seaside or waterside wedding ceremony. Some choices are better than others.

Choosing an officiant for your waterside wedding

 

•MAKING IT LEGAL Remember to get your wedding license!

 

• BEACH WEDDING FLOWERS - What works best for a beach wedding ceremony? I have seen all kinds, and there are definitely some better decisions to be made that can save you money

•BEACH WEDDING ACCESSORIES - These items for your wedding ceremony can certainly make a lasting impression on your guests. Let’s talk about those little details

 

•TIMING OF YOUR SEASIDE WEDDING CEREMONY - The time of year and the time of day that you say your vows in this location, will make all the difference in the world.

Find the time of sunset at your beach wedding location

 

•DEALING WITH THE NATURAL ELEMENTS AT A BEACH WEDDING - Mother nature does her own thing. Be prepared, there is always a breeze near the water. Certain times of the year it is more prevalent depending on the location of your waterside wedding. But it is better to assume there will be some wind. Check out the long range forecast at the Farmers Almanac

 

•WIND

• - Consider your ceremony flowers and set up, a trellis, Chuppa or urns of flowers will need to be anchored down securely. Another important consideration at a beach wedding ceremony is your veil. Depending on where the wind is coming from, it could be blowing in your face all through the ceremony. there is nothing worse than to see a bride tangling with her veil all through the ceremony and the photographer trying desperately to catch a picture of her face.

Think about your hair! Programs to be put on the chairs for your beach wedding ceremony - remember,the sand could be blowing. If possible depending on where your ceremony is, check out the same time of year and day where the ceremony will be. If it is a destination beach wedding, talk to a wedding coordinator in the area or perhaps a florist who has set up a ceremony in the same area. Ask them what to expect. Play it safe and plan ahead! One important thing to find out about if you are getting married in Florida, is if it is a El Nino year or not!

Noaa Weather Center - a good place to research weather

 

•WEDDING REHEARSAL .

Do a Wedding Rehearsal PLEASE -I cannot stress enough the importance of doing a run-through for your beach wedding ceremony. No matter how many weddings your attendants have been in, no two weddings are alike and you want to make sure everyone knows what they are suppose to do on "your" big day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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